12 Of The Weirdest Animals On Planet Earth Right Now

Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

This little dude is a brightly colored larva of a dark brown moth and is covered in venom-secreting thorn-like hairs. They may inflict a painful rash to human skin and even cause nausea.

Bald Ukari

Bald Ukari

They look like they are eternally sunburned. It’s a critically endangered species which is restricted to the Varzea forests and other wooded areas near water in the western Amazon Brazil and Peru.

Sea Spider

Sea Spider

These guys may look like spiders but of course, they are not spiders at all but rather marine arthropods. There are over 1300 known species raging in size from 1 mm (0.039 in) to over 90 cm (35 in) and are found in the Caribbean Sea.

Ceratonotus Steiningeri Copepod

Ceratonotus Steiningeri Copepod

Their name might be a mouthful but they certainly are not; unless you happen to be a tiny fish I guess. Discovered in the deep waters of the Angola Basin in 2006, this copepod only measures about 0.5mm (0.0196 inches).

Tinkerbell Fairyfly

Tinkerbell Fairyfly

This is quite a strange name for an animal isn’t it? Then again, it is quite a strange-looking animal too. Despite being a member of the wasp family, these things are so small that they are generally about the width of a human hair.

Zebra Duiker

Zebra Duiker

Found within the Ivory Coast region, these tiny antelopes look like their ancestors mated with a thylacine before that species became extinct. Zebra duikers can grow up to 90 centimeters (35.4 inches) in length and 45 centimeters (17 inches) in height with an average weight of 20kg (44lbs).

Silkie

Silkie

Unfortunately, animal biology doesn’t allow a chicken to mate with a poodle. But if it did, this is probably what the offspring would look like. Interestingly, while most chickens have four toes, these fellas have five.

Harp Sponge

Harp Sponge

This guy sort of looks like a less-colorful peacock of the sea. Discovered in 2000 off the central California coast, the “harp sponge” is a carnivorous sponge that feeds on tiny crustaceans.

Penis Snake

Penis Snake

Its real name is atretochoana, but it’s far easier to say and remember "penis snake". It's a limbless amphibian that is marked with rings like an earthworm. It primarily feeds on small fish, worms and other aquatic invertebrates and can reach lengths of up to 81cm (32 inches). Yes, we know, that's much bigger than your penis....

Snakehead Fish

Snakehead Fish

This little guy is usually very hungry and is known for its insatiable appetite. Weirdly enough for a fish, he is able to slither upon land and stay out of the water for up to three days, dining on small terrestrial animals.

ET Salamander

ET Salamander

Once more, the creature’s appearance tells of the way it looks. This fella might be a little unfortunately-named, for it is said to resemble ET: The Extra Terrestrial. Not a lot is known other than the fact it does not have lungs and climbs vegetation, which regular salamanders don’t do.

Pinocchio Frog

Pinocchio Frog

This guy’s name gives a bit away about its appearance too. Discovered in the Foja mountains of Papua, Indonesia during a 2008 expedition by Conservation International and National Geographic Society, the Pinocchio frog appear to have a long nose.